Monday, July 28, 2008

Our Final Day!

Our last day of the field was spent back in the Hell Creek prospecting one section that we had missed over the past three weeks. Regardless of whether we found anything exciting, the mammal team (Walter, Eric and I) were happy to be back in the comfort of fossils (and a working shower). One exciting find was the ungual (or distal) phalanx of an Ornithomimid dinosaur. This type of dinosaur probably looked a lot like an ostrich and was either herbivorous or omnivorous.
The front limbs of this animal were long and slender yielding powerful claws like the one that we found.

Photo of Struthiomimus claws from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

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